Strode News

03/02/11 - Strode Mathematicians Enjoy a Challenge
Strode News

Strode A level maths students recently took the UK Maths Trust Senior Maths Challenge.  Eleven students were awarded certificates for their achievement, placing them in the top forty percent of candidates nationally.   

The Challenge is taken by students in colleges and schools across the country each year.  They have to solve maths problems which are presented in a completely different way from A level and GCSE maths questions. 

Gold certificates were awarded to Max Baxter-Allen; Silver certificates went to Rosie Billenness, Heidi Woo, Amelia Livingstone, Michael Parkesand Victoria Richardson; and Bronze went to Peter Tolley, Alex Bearman, George Field, Edward Tye and Fiona Smith.

Brian Jefferson, former subject leader for maths at Strode College, presented the certificates to the students.  He also presented a cup for excellence in maths to outstanding students, Victoria Richardson of Street and Michael Parkes of Shepton Mallet.  Both students have performed exceptionally well throughout their maths courses and in the maths challenge.

Strode Maths Subject Leader, Helen Kelsey said: "The maths challenge provides stimulating and interesting problems that require students to use their mathematical knowledge in many different ways and does not restrict them to a specific syllabus.  For the first half of term we add optional maths challenge questions to the end of the maths homework and many students enjoy them and spend time discussing the solutions with each other.  It encourages them to think laterally and logically and really challenges even the very best mathematicians."

Photo: Strode students receive their awards for achievement in the UK Maths Challenge, including outstanding students Victoria Richardson and Michael Parkes (front middle), Maths tutors Marilyn Davies (front left) and Helen Kelsey (front right), and Brian Jefferson (back)